Global Effort: Every Woman Every Child

Every Woman Every Child: Stories From the Field

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, governments, development partners and donors gathered in New York to take stock of the Every Woman Every Child effort in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

The Health 4+ multilateral agencies (including UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank and UNAIDS) have supported countries to make commitments to this global initiative. Several countries with extremely high maternal deaths are being given special attention by the  H4+, MDG Advocates and partners, who are helping them mobilize the financial, technical and human resources needed to meet their commitments.

Together these countries account for almost 60 per cent of global maternal deaths.

This series looks at several countries’ efforts to improve the health of women, their families and communities. UNFPA provides support to these programmes through the H4+ and the Maternal Health Thematic Fund.


Midwives Are Key to Safe Deliveries for Afghani Women

KABUL, Afghanistan — Fereshta, 28, repositions herself slowly in her bed at Malalai Hospital, on the western outskirts of Kabul. It is just a day after she has received surgery to repair an obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury that left her incontinent after her first delivery ten years ago, when still just a teenager herself.



Scaling-up Access to Long-term Family Planning Methods in Northern Ethiopia

ATAYE, Amhara Region, Ethiopia — On eve of Ethiopia's New Year (celebrated in mid-September), things are slow at the Ataye Health Centre. But Hanna Kelemework, clad in her white nurse's gown, is expecting clients to show up for family planning services on their way home after making some purchases for the holiday.



More Bangladeshi Mothers Get Vital Care During Childbirth

MAULVIBAZAR, Bangladesh — When a woman in labour seeks her help, Kanchan Bala Roy is confident she can oversee a safe delivery.

The rural health centre where she works was recently equipped for deliveries, as part of a broad initiative to make childbirth in Bangladesh safer. Kanchan, a family welfare visitor, got new training: She now is better able to manage normal deliveries at the centre or in clients' homes.



Working Against All Odds to Improve Maternal Health in DRC

BOGA, Democratic Republic of Congo — “My last two children were born on banana leaves, with help from my husband and women in my village,” recalls Antoinette Androsi, 32, who has been displaced by war for over six years in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “We used a machete to cut their umbilical cords, and one of them died a few days after she was born in the bush.”


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